Review: 89:Ghost is on fire at present, having thrown down killer releases from Todd Sines, Logic System and Tomoki Tamura over the past year. Tommy Vicari Jr is a great addition to the roster, bringing a freaky, wobbly and distinctly hi tech approach on "All That Matters" that will have party people freaking out in a whole new way. "Things At Night" takes a completely different approach with its focus on delicately chopped up piano hooks. "Tlk 2 Me Wt Yr Bdy" switch the script yet again with a roughneck, hardcore sound palette and some filtered house elements riding atop a booming low end. "Likely Story" finishes this varied EP off with a cheeky garage house strut that will have just as many fans as the other killer jams on this well rounded record.
Review: A year on from his last outing on the label, experienced producer Tommy Vicari Jnr returns to Robsoul Recordings. He hits the ground running with "Breff", an energetic and off-kilter fusion of Syclops style synth bass wonkiness, fluid melodic flourishes, and hustling drum machine percussion. He ups the distortion levels further on the cut-up, alien deep-house funk of "Get Dahn", where an irrepressible vocal sample rides aquatic electronics and a thumping, kick-drum driven rhythm track. Arguably best of all, though, is "In The Night", a breezy and pleasingly summery chunk of loose disco-house smothered in attractive instrumentation.
Review: The comic book-inspired Quartet Series returns to action, with another four studio superheroes joining the label's unofficial 'League of Extraordinary House Producers'. Returning hero Nachtbraker kicks things off with "Dobie", a quirky foray into percussion rich, jazz-house territory that packs serious dancefloor punch. Laurence Guy successfully breaks up the beats on the deep and woozy "Love & Be Loved", while Tommy Vicardi Jnr works his DJ Sneak style beats and cut-up samples hard on the deliciously energetic "Aplomb". Finally, LK doffs a cap to R&B, hip-hop and Detroit deep house on the pitched-down 4/4 shuffle of closer "Honey", which should appeal to those who enjoy the work of Marcel Vogel, Inkswel and Andres.